Members of the Lords, including a former trade union envoy for the Conservative Party, a former assistant general secretary for Unite the Union, and a former general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), discussed the key principles and purpose of the Trade Union Bill during second reading, on Monday 11 January.
Members debated the key areas covered by the bill, including changes to laws around industrial action, balloting and union members’ contributions. They also looked at proposed changes to the role of the Certification Officer in regulating the activity of trade unions.
A number of members raised concerns around the scope of the bill, asking if the measures outlined are too restrictive.
Committee stage, line by line examination of the bill, is yet to be scheduled.
Trade Union Bill summary
The bill will define laws around industrial action, trade unions, employers’ associations and the functions of the Certification Officer.